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With this monograph Anise Strong brings together matronae and meretrices literally. Rather than simply focusing on the polarized stereotypes of wife and whore, Strong seeks ways in which women of any status defied such fixed categories and labels. Her interest is also the interactions between women of varying rank in the streets, households, and at festivals. Most importantly, she suggests a less stable and coherent system of sex and gender at play in ancient Rome, and argues that prostitutes in particular were not as stigmatized as the literary sources might lead us to believe, but participated in communal activities, including religious ritual, like other female members in the community. The monograph includes eight chapters and investigates the Republican and Imperial periods of Roman Italy specifically 2 nd century BCE to 3 rd century CE , but the evidence sometimes takes Strong out of Italy and into late Antiquity.
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Prostitution is often stated as being the oldest profession Gonsalves , Regardless of the questionable accuracy of this statement, prostitution is an ancient business. This paper will specifically discuss the identity of the female prostitute in Ancient Rome. For clarification, the definition of prostitute used will be: a female who is not a slave and who works within the sex industry.